Birth Center Doula Services

The Birth Center offers doula services for those planning to deliver at The Birth Center, at a hospital (Christiana Care or St. Francis), or at home.

What Is a Doula?
Would a Doula Be Right for Me?

a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a motherbefore, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.”
DONA International

The Birth Center doulas follow the philosophies and standards of The Birth Center. At The Birth Center, we are about choices. That looks different for everyone. For some, a birth center is an ideal place to give birth, while for others it may be at the hospital or even at home. We want to support each woman in whatever she feels is best for her and her family. Our doulas are advocates and can help provide information, but are always respectful and non-judgmental of a mother’s choices.

Our doulas are there to help encourage you as you navigate your labor. She is there to serve you throughout your labor whether that is just her presence, hands-on physical support, or words of encouragement. Every mother has different needs and the doula is there to support mom in whichever way is best for mom. Doulas are for the first time mom or a mom having subsequent babies whether it be her second or sixth!

What Is Included?!

Attendance to Two Doula Meet & Greets

Meet and greets are held monthly at The Birth Center. During the meet and greets, clients will have a chance to meetthe doulas leading the group; get to know other like-minded pregnant mamas and families; spend time discussing common questions and concerns about pregnancy, labor, and delivery as a group; and get individual time with a doula to discuss personal questions and concerns and discuss or review your birth plan. One Meet & Greet is required, the second is optional.

Labor and Delivery Doula Services

Doulas will be on call and ready to support a mama in labor 24/7. When you are in active labor, the doula will meet you where you are planning to deliver. The doula will be with you throughout your labor, delivery, and two hours postpartum. Our doulas do work shifts, so if your labor spans multiple shifts, the doulas may swap out to ensure you have a rested doula ready to help you through the rest of your labor!

Postpartum Visit

Clients will also receive a postpartum visit from a doula about 5 days after delivery. You will have the chance to talk to the doulas about your birth, sleep, feeding, and any other questions, concerns, or worries.

Benefits of Having a Doula

  • Studies have found women to have a decreased risk of cesarean section, shorter labors, less use of epidurals, less use of Pitocin, and increased satisfaction in women with a doula.
  • Guaranteed one on one support during labor and birth. For moms planning to deliver at TBC, this includes support in the case of a transfer to the hospital.
  • But I have a midwife? Doulas and midwives work as a team to support you emotionally and physically. The doula is able to completely focus on supporting you even at times when the midwife is focusing on tasks and support related to you and your baby’s clinical well-being.

Our Program

Our doula program is an on-call program. This means the doula on-call on the day you go into labor will be the doula that is with you at your birth. All of our doulas are DONA trained and in agreement with The Birth Center’s philosophy. Pregnant moms and their partners have a chance to meet many of the doulas at the monthly Doula Meet & Greets. You can also read each of their bios here! We require all clients with a doula take a childbirth class applicable to mom. This includes Childbirth Full Series: Healthy Birth, Childbirth Refresher, or Childbirth Education for the Planned Hospital Birth.

Cost

Due before March 31st?

All services will be discounted to $350 since the program is just getting up and running. Some doulas will be finished their training while others will still be finishing up. Use code DoulaBaby at checkout.

Due April 1st or later?

Doulas services are $650 for the support from pregnancy through postpartum!

Please note: For hospital and home clients we will begin to offer this service November 1st, 2017. If you deliver prior to November 1st we, unfortunately, would not be able to have a doula at your birth, but you would be fully reimbursed.

Want to learn more at a free Meet & Greet?

Questions?!

Email Justine (the doula program coordinator)